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Syria Video: UN Inspectors In Zamalka Field Hospital – “If Anything Tests Positive, It Will Show”

Syria Video: UN Inspectors In Zamalka Field Hospital – “If Anything Tests Positive, It Will Show”
August 31
22:00 2013

The Shaam News Network have added English subtitles to two more of the videos taken of the visit by the UN chemical weapons inspectors to Zamalka in East Ghouta.

The first, and longer, video shows the inspectors explaining to staff in the Zamalka field hospital about the samples they have taken and reassuring them that the samples and information they have received from the victims they examined is enough.

The cameraman explains that the UN inspection team documented the cases of the chemical attack victims in the Zamalka field hospital, including by taking samples and photographs and notes that Free Syrian Army leaders have accompanied the UN inspection team to Zamalka.

A local man — likely a doctor — explains to the inspectors that one particular victim has been suffering from paralysis and is being cared for in the Intensive Care Unit. The doctor says the victim was disorientated, unable to tolerate the presence of other people, suffered from blurred vision and had attacked other people by hitting them. The inspectors took a blood sample from the man, and the doctor explains that he has been given many medications.

“If there are any positive indicators, they will show up… it will show up there because as you know, the signs and the symptoms are not enough. So we took blood samples, urine samples and hair samples. We chose the people and took urine and hair samples from them,” the inspector assures the doctor, noting that the UN team has examined many victims.

The doctor now asks about the victims who died: “What about the dead bodies? Did you take samples from the bodies?”

“You have people who are alive, there is no need,” the inspector replies.

“From a diagnostic standpoint, is that enough? In terms of exposure and the samples, is it enough?” the doctor asks. The inspector replies that it is.

“If anything tests positive, it will show up right away, even after a long period of time, even after weeks have passed,” the UN inspector says.

The second and much shorter video shows the inspectors examining a victim who is clearly in distress after the attacks. The man cannot stop himself from shouting and crying as the inspectors examine him:

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Joanna Paraszczuk is EA WorldView's Managing Editor. An Israeli journalist, she covered Iran and the Arab World for The Jerusalem Post. Previously, she lived and worked in Russia and Ukraine. Joanna speaks fluent Hebrew and Russian and reads Persian and Arabic.

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